Suffolk’s top brass see how things are done stateside

ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England ' Keith Mutton, Phoenix Bird Control falconer, holds Twinkle, a 24-year-old eagle owl, during a bird demonstration for the Honorary Commander's summer reception, July 29, 2011. The visitors, including seven new honorary commanders, were given a birds of prey demonstration, military working dog demonstration, F-15 take-offs and landings, de-contamination exercise, a barbecue amoung other activities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Cory D. Payne)
ROYAL AIR FORCE LAKENHEATH, England ' Keith Mutton, Phoenix Bird Control falconer, holds Twinkle, a 24-year-old eagle owl, during a bird demonstration for the Honorary Commander's summer reception, July 29, 2011. The visitors, including seven new honorary commanders, were given a birds of prey demonstration, military working dog demonstration, F-15 take-offs and landings, de-contamination exercise, a barbecue amoung other activities. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman Cory D. Payne)
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THE great and good from the Mildenhall area have been treated to the very best of an American base.

RAF Lakenheath held its annual summer reception last Friday, allowing local dignitaries to mingle and meet with the airmen who make up a big part of the local community.

Among those in attendance were Mildenhall Parish Council chairman Tony Wheble, Greene King head brewer John Bexon and Suffolk County Council chairman Patricia O’Brien.

It was Ms O’Brien’s first visit to the reception. She said: “I feel very privileged to be here. We read a lot about how we’re allies but to come here and actually meet Americans and to realise we have so much in common, it’s just a delight.”

Visitors witnessed the 48th Fighter Wing’s monthly promotion ceremony, took a tour of the base and finished off their trip with an American barbecue dinner.